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Norman and Jack, c. 1903

an unknown artist

gelatin silver photograph (sheet: 16.7 cm x 16.4 cm, image: 13.9 cm x 8.4 cm)

Norman Lindsay (1879-1969), artist, cartoonist, and writer, came from a family that produced five artists. A delicate boy, Lindsay left the family home in Creswick when he was sixteen to live with his brother Lionel in Melbourne. Lionel was then a staff artist on the Hawklet, attending the National Gallery School and sharing a studio with George Coates. When Norman arrived in Melbourne he ghosted Lionel's drawings for the journal, his brother paying him ten shillings a week out of the thirty-five he earned. In late 1896 Norman became a cartoonist for the Hawklet in his own right, started to attend the life class at the National Gallery school and, with Lionel, joined the student fraternity the Prehistoric Order of Cannibals. The following year the brothers' styles began to diverge. In 1901 Norman moved north to make his permanent home in the Blue Mountains, henceforth working for the Bulletin in an association that lasted almost to his death. His first novel was published in 1913, and by the 1920s he was both proficient and prolific in pen and ink drawing, etching, woodcuts, painting and sculpture.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2008

Accession number: 2008.102

Currently not on display

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Artist and subject

Norman Lindsay (age 24 in 1903)

Jack Lindsay (age 3 in 1903)

Subject professions

Visual arts and crafts


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